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Data Entry Operator Salary

For Data Entry Operators, hourly average wages total $12.19 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $9.33 per hour and $16.37. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — close to one-third lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and a little more than half receive dental plans. Most Data Entry Operators survey respondents are women (73 percent). The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$21,546 - $45,509
(Median)
$22K
$32K
$46K
MEDIAN: $31,940
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$9.33 - $16.37
(Median)
$9
$12
$16
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$21,546 - $45,509  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,033  
Profit Sharing
$196.53 - $1,280  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$19,924 - $38,420  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 95
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.33 - $16.37  
   
Overtime
$9.97 - $25.20  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,033  
   
Profit Sharing
$196.53 - $1,280  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$19,924 - $38,420  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 479

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Job Description for Data Entry Operator

Most of the time, data entry operators work in an office. They must have a high school diploma or GED, but candidates who possess an associate’s degree are often preferred. Data entry operators enter applicable data into computers, often utilizing company-specific databases.

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Data Entry Operator Tasks

  • Receive all documents and enter the data into the on-line system on the PC.
  • Operate a data entry device to input and maintain lists and records.
  • Create and update databases.
  • Maintain a daily count of all claims processed.

Common Career Paths for Data Entry Operator


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Data Entry Operators sometimes assume positions such as Office Managers. That role pays $38K per year on average. A common career progression for a Data Entry Operator is to become an Administrative Assistant or a Data Entry Specialist. Compared to Data Entry Operators, the first group earns $4K more on average, and the second group earns $2K more.

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Survey takers who work as Data Entry Operators report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Excel, Data Entry, Typing, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Customer Service. Data Entry and Typing are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Data Entry Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Data Entry Operators, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $25K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $27K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $29K in this role. Data Entry Operators with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $30K.

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Experience Affects Data Entry Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$27,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Data Entry Operator Salaries

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 15%

Data Entry
0%

National Average
$27,000

Typing
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 32%
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